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FIRE GUTS HO HIGH COURT

Fire has destroyed documents and valuables of a Circuit Court within the Ho High Courts Premises after a fire broke out inside a Judge’s chamber.

Priscilla Dikro, who occupies the chamber said she was shocked at the Monday morning incident.

Eyewitnesses say the fire started at midnight, but was quickly doused by the Ghana National Fire Service.

It is unclear what may have triggered the fire, but personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service and the Police Service have begun investigations into the cause.

Heaps of documents on several court cases, petitions and judicial administration items including office furniture were burnt.

The Volta Regional Fire Officer, DCFO Mawusi Sarpong, said her outfit was swift in responding to the incident, after they received a distress call from the court.

Following the incident, scheduled court cases have been adjourned until further notice.

This incident brings to the fore the importance of running a paperless court system where cases are not only documented electronically, but are saved in clouds for easy recovery.

Report by Sarfo-Adu Kevin

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